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The three-day Formula 1 test at Circuit de Nevers Magny-Cours got off to a busy start today as Scuderia Ferrari, Mercédès AMG Petronas and Sahara Force India completed significant running at the French venue.

Piloting Ferrari's F12012 at his home circuit, Jules Bianchi recorded the best time of the day with a lap of 1m18.070. The 23-year-old will switch to Sahara Force India tomorrow with Italy's Davide Rigon taking his place in the famous red machine.

Brazilian Luiz Razia grabbed the second fastest time for Sahara Force India by setting a 1m18.535 late in the afternoon session. Britain's Sam Bird was P3 for Mercédès AMG Petronas, circulating in 1m19.094.

All three drivers enjoyed extensive running on the 4.4km circuit where conditions remained dry and warm for the duration of the opening day. Bird was particularly busy, the 25-year-old completing a total of 95 laps as his team worked through a number of new upgrades on their F1-W03. Bianchi got through 87 tours aboard the Ferrari while Razia ran 65 laps in what was his first outing for the British-based team.

The day proved notably trouble-free, with only two brief stoppages during the eight hours of running. The test resumes this morning at 9am local time with tickets available on the gate for €10.

 

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Jules Bianchi, Scuderia Ferrari: "I knew the track from racing here in Formula Renault and F3 and I really enjoy it. It has a great mix of corners, with some quick turns which are important for the aerodynamics, and then the hairpin where you can work on traction and brakes. All this makes it a good track for testing and I'd like there to be a race here."

Sam Bird, Mercédès AMG Petronas: "I've driven at Magny-Cours previously in a Formula 3 car and it was good to experience it today in Formula 1 machinery. The layout here is nice and smooth whilst also being quite challenging. We've collected a lot of data which will take some time to sift through this evening and I'm looking forward to another good day."

Day 1: Times/Laps/Distance covered
1. Jules Bianchi (Scuderia Ferrari) - 1m18.070 - 87 laps - 383.76km
2. Luiz Razia (Sahara Force India) - 1m18.535 - 65 laps - 286.72km
3. Sam Bird (MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS) - 1m19.094 - 95 laps - 419.05km

 

 

Info Circuit Magny-Cours / © Photo JF Galeron


Pilot > Davide FORE

After the qualifying heats of the KZ1 World Cup, Davide Forè seemed to have got what it takes to win his sixth world title. Unfortunately, the CRG-Maxter official driver was stopped in the pre-final by a clutch failure: he had to say goodbye to all the chances he stood to get a good result. In the final, from the 34th spot of the starting grid, he passed many of his rivals and arrived in 11th.

 

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Of course I'm really disappointed for the clutch failure in the pre-final: this problem prevented me from battling with the others in the final, where I had to start from the last spot. Unbelievable! I'm sure that both I and Jonathan could have achieved the result if we hadn't had all the problems we had. Anyway, I was really quick in the final, a great progression also in the last laps. I must say that after I got stopped in the pre-final I shed some tears because I was sure I couldhave achieved a great result: maybe not the victory, but the podium yes! For us, for CRG, there is the great satisfaction of Jordon Lennox-Lamb's victory with the Maxter engine prepared directly by the factory. It was a great result for all of us!"

 

 

Info CRG  / © Photo KSP


Pilote > Pierre Etienne Chaumat

 

Deux tours de piste à Magny-Cours avec Pierre Etienne Chaumat, Team Saintéloc, en RCZ Cup le 14 juillet 2012 lors de la course 1 où il termine 1er classé des concurrents de la Cup.

 

« En partant, je voyais les nuages au-dessus du circuit donc j’étais prêt dans ma tête pour faire une course aux conditions changeantes. Je pensais que cela viendrait en fin de course, mais finalement, c’est venu tout de suite. Certaines parties du circuit devenaient dangereuses en slick alors je suis rentré au stand. On a fait un super ravitaillement au stand et déjà gagné quelques places. Ensuite en piste, j’ai vu que Germain était imprenable devant et j’ai contrôlé l’écart avec Philippe derrière moi tout en évitant la faute. »

 

 

Vidéo Chaumat - montage Kartcom


Pilote > Belgique

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Esteban Muth, Mini Parilla

 

Une semaine après avoir rencontré Lewis Hamilton à Spa-Francorchamps, dans le cadre du Grand Prix de Belgique de Formule 1, Esteban et O'Neill Muth ont de nouveau mis le cap vers les Ardennes belges, mais cette fois pour y disputer les Coupes de Belgique sur la piste de karting. Dominateur tout au long du week-end, Esteban a conservé le brevet d'invincibilité qu'il détient depuis le début de cette saison pour coiffer sa première couronne de Champion de Belgique. Il avait la joie de retrouver son jeune frère O'Neill sur le podium, lequel a terminé la Finale au 3e rang.

 

Esteban Muth est décidément le jeune homme à battre dans la catégorie Mini Parilla (8-11 ans) en Belgique. Après avoir remporté le Belgian Mini Challenge, l'épreuve de prestige disputée en marge du Challenge X30 Europa à Mariembourg, le Bruxellois a su conserver son brevet d'invincibilité dans le Championnat de la Communauté Française. Déjà champion l'an dernier, Esteban est en position idéale pour conserver sa couronne. Mais l'appétit de victoires du jeune garçon est insatiable et c'est avec une motivation extrême qu'il est arrivé sur la piste de Francorchamps, où se déroulait les Coupes de Belgique karting.

 

« Je savais que la course la plus importante serait la Finale », confiait-il. « Un championnat complet qui se joue sur une seule course, c'était nouveau pour moi. J'avais un peu peur qu'un problème technique ou un accident n'arrive à ce moment là, mais tout s'est bien passé... »

 

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Info Eston Racing / © Photo Kart'im


Team > AVG Racing

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Arnaud Kozlinski was unquestionably one of the protagonists of this 2012 World Cup for KZ1. He was regularly in the top 3 during the qualifying heats and took the second place in the pre-final, ready to deal the ultimate blow in the final race. His victory in the second heat with the fastest lap time set the tone and rewarded the Dutch team of its hard preparation work with a view to the showpiece event of the season. Unfortunately, a minor change in the set-up of his PCR/TM caused Kozlinski to lose some ground after leading the first two laps. The new layout of the Circuito Internazionale Napoli did not facilitate his attempt to return to the front of the race and he had to be satisfied with the 4th place.

 

But AVG Racing was very satisfied with the performances of its karts at Sarno. Starting far back with the 28th time, Simo Puhakka pushed hard to close the gap and ended in the top 10. In the meanwhile, in KZ2, Dylan Davies staged a remarkable recovery from 53rd in timed qualifying to 15th in the final after passing many of his rivals, on a track where overtaking opportunities are rare.

 

 

Info Kartcom / © Photo KSP


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